Turkey says 'return to Sochi deal' core policy in Syria

Baku, February 19, AZERTAC

Turkey's presidential spokesman said Tuesday that Ankara's policy in Idlib, the restive Syrian province, is based on the 2018 Sochi deal reached with Russia, according to Anadolu Agency.

"Returning to the Sochi deal is the baseline of Turkey's policy for Idlib," Kalin told reporters in the capital Ankara, as meetings concluded between Turkish-Russian delegations on Idlib in Moscow.

Tensions in the region have escalated after Syrian regime attacks in Idlib martyred 12 Turkish troops, who are in northwestern Syria, just across the Turkish border, as part of an anti-terror and peace mission.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin signed the Sochi deal on Sept. 17, 2018 based on which both sides agreed to set up a demilitarized zone -- in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited -- in Idlib.

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